What Is 'Conscious Uncoupling?'

What Is 'Conscious Uncoupling?'

Since Gwyneth Paltrow announced her divorce using the term "conscious uncoupling,” she's got everyone wondering, what in the world is "conscious uncoupling?"

Joan Bragar, who teaches at Boston University, has gotten divorced twice and has gone through "conscious uncoupling" therapy. She says it isn't just for the Hollywood crowd.

Watch What Bragar Had To Say About "Conscious Uncoupling"

She told INSIDE EDITION, "People are making fun of Gwyneth Paltrow,  but I actually think people millions of people need to learn to do this. The ending of a marriage or an important relationship is not necessarily a failure. It is an ending and it is something that needs to be done well."

So what is conscious uncoupling?

It was created by Los Angeles based relationship expert Katherine Woodward-Thomas. On her website she describes it as, "A 5 week program to release the trauma of a breakup.” She teaches that divorce is not a failure and that it's no ones fault.

Bragar said, "There are no bad guys. You married someone you loved and respected. You made very deep commitments to that person."

Others aren't so sure about the new age concept. "'Conscious Uncoupling' is psychobabble for people who can't say D--I-V-O-R-C-E," writes an L.A. Times columnist who condemned conscious uncoupling as a "bogus science."

Lawyer Rosemarie Arnold told INSIDE EDITION with a fortune of $140 million dollars and custody of two children to work out, Paltrow and Martin will need good lawyers along with their new age counseling.

She said, "That's a new aged way of saying we're divorcing. You are real people and you have real children. You are going to have real issues when you are going to try and split up a family."

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